Updates on the playoff race, recent injury updates, outrageous hockey moments on Twitter & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines. 

NHL Playoff Race.

Stars forwardVernon Fiddler celebrates one of his two goals against the Blackhawks.

Stars forward Vernon Fiddler celebrates one of his two goals against the Blackhawks.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Vernon Fiddler scored twice as the Dallas Stars clinched a playoff berth with a 6-2 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.

THE WASHINGTON POST:  The Washington Capitals secured top spot in both the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division by doubling up the Ottawa Senators 4-2.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A substandard effort cost the Anaheim Ducks a chance to clinch a playoff berth, falling 4-3 to the lowly Montreal Canadiens.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks also missed an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot, falling 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues.

TWINCITIES.COM: Devan Dubnyk’s 38-save performance carried the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

USA TODAY: The Detroit Red Wings suffered a costly loss 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers blew a 2-0 lead to fall 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers picked up a point against the Jackets. They move into a tie with the Red Wings and currently hold the final wild-card berth because they hold a game in hand. The Wild’s win over the Kings vaults them one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche into the final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Ducks and Sharks failed to gain ground on the Kings in the Pacific Division standings. The Blues remain two points behind the Western Conference-leading Stars. 

Injury Update.

NBC SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche will be without forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon in their upcoming two games, including a crucial one against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  The status of sidelined Blackhawks starting goalie Corey Crawford (upper-body injury, day-to-day) remains uncertain for the club’s upcoming road trip.


NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils have shut down winger Mike Cammalleri (hand/wrist injury) for the rest of the season, but they’re hoping Patrik Elias (arthroscopic knee surgery) can return before season’s end.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is likely done for the season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom (foot injury) and Andrew Ference (upcoming hip surgery) are likely finished for the season.

Notable NHL Headlines.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is shouldering the blame for Eric Staal’s limited impact upon the roster since joining the club in a recent trade. In 11 games, Staal has only one goal and two assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the theory that Staal would regain his scoring touch on a better club. So far, the trade that brought him to the Blueshirts is a bust. It’s also not doing anything to improve Staal’s value in this summer’s UFA market.

CBS SPORTS: Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher was recently serenaded by Bono in a video tribute during a pre-game ceremony commemorating his 1,000th NHL game.

NEWSDAY:  Good news, New York Islanders fans. Ticket prices for next season will remain flat, and some premium seat prices will drop.

THE VANCOUVER SUN:  The Canucks signed Swedish League MVP Anton Rodin to a one-year, $950K contract for the 2016-17 campaign.

YAHOO SPORTS: To commemorate Twitter’s 10th anniversary, Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski lists the top-10 outrageous hockey moments on Twitter.